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A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire by J Lee Thompson

By J Lee Thompson

While Alfred Milner (1854-1925) used to be knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, 'patriotism for our universal country'. via this he intended the broader patriotism of the British Empire, the furthering of which he made his life's paintings. this is often the 1st research of Milner to take his politics, or 'constructive' imperialism as its fundamental subject. His profession is tested as a complete, from the genesis of his imperial ideology at Oxford, via his time as excessive Commissioner in South Africa in the course of the Boer struggle, to his days as Minister of warfare in the course of the ultimate seven months of the 1st international struggle. Famously, Milner propagated his principles via his 'kindergarten', a bunch of like-minded younger male acolytes. during this attention-grabbing ebook, J Lee Thompson additionally discovers a bunch of younger girl supporters of his imaginative and prescient. This ebook is predicated on wide fundamental examine in documents within the united kingdom, North the US and South Africa.

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Milner went to see Baring and ‘had a long talk with him’. ’ He commented that ‘if you were to load a Metropolitan Train car inside & out, it would Cromer and Egypt 31 suffice to carry off all the people who stand between Egypt & another smash, & I think you would find that I am one of the passengers, though perhaps the last to be asked to mount’. Rightly or wrongly, he told Goschen, he was ‘investing some of the best years of my life in this Egyptian business. It is not an amusing way of spending one’s time, but there is this solid satisfaction about it, that really with every desire to be modest, one cannot help feeling that one does a great deal of good’.

In person Milner remained too much the scholar whose involved arguments and ‘squeaky’ voice did not excite. 35 Despite the efforts of Goschen and an impressive array of notables and friends who campaigned for him, Milner lost to his Conservative opponent, William Ambrose, by a count of 4,214 to 3,241. 36 The electors had returned 335 Liberals, 249 Conservatives and 86 Irish Nationalists with the number of Liberals exactly equaling the combined Conservatives and Nationalists. As a result of the 1884 franchise reform and subsequent redistribution the Nationalists almost swept the board in Ireland and held the political balance.

Public Security” is his one idea, & he would sacrifice everything to it - not a bad spirit, perhaps, in the head of a department, which needs an immense amount of waking up, but only not dangerous if it is kept in check. 32 By October 1891 everyone had returned to Cairo, including the Barings, the Sirdar, Sir Francis Grenfell, ‘and quite a number of other worthies’. Milner went to see Baring and ‘had a long talk with him’. ’ He commented that ‘if you were to load a Metropolitan Train car inside & out, it would Cromer and Egypt 31 suffice to carry off all the people who stand between Egypt & another smash, & I think you would find that I am one of the passengers, though perhaps the last to be asked to mount’.

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